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Years Active: 2010-2012

Central Line Associated

Blood Stream Infections


To eliminate central line associated blood stream infections in participating NICU’s. Reduction in CLABSI episode frequency is clearly possible, and the immediate aim of this project is to reduce the frequency of CLABSI episodes in participating NICUs by 50% within the first year.

Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections are a recognized source of excess morbidity, mortality, costs, and length of stay. Multiple reports have described successful reduction in CLABSI rates by systematic application of evidence-based practice in the context of a collaborative, multi-center quality improvement project. This project was developed by the pilot centers: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, Johnson City Medical Center, and TC Thompson Children’s Hospital along with the TIPQC team. The state-wide project began in January 2010 and went into sustainment in 2012.

Active Participating

Hospital Teams

  • Baptist Memorial Health Care
  • Children’s Hospital at Erlanger
  • East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
  • Gateway Medical Center
  • Holston Valley Medical Center
  • Jackson-Madison County General Hospital
  • Johnson City Medical Center
  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • TriStar Centennial Medical Center
  • The University of Tennessee Medical Center

State Leader

Peter Grubb, MD, the TIPQC Medical Director and neonatologist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital led this statewide NICU project.



TIPQC is actively recruiting devoted health care professionals, community leaders and patient and family partners to further our mission of improving health outcomes for mothers and babies in Tennessee.